Not just in a "perfect world" but in the real one. Commodore's thread about employment "obligation" got me thinking about this topic and also the recent shooting tragedy where the perpetrator felt "entitled" to be liked by his peers & desired by women (without any sense of what he should be able to offer in exchange for the respect of others). I often hear old folks talking about how the younger generation feels "entitled" & lacks the motivation to "prove themselves" and "contribute". Being (fairly) young myself I can honestly relate to this ambivalence about "achievement" & contribution. My dad was big into working very hard but at the expense of much connection to his family. He died young & I wonder often what he really accomplished. I think young people are seeing the mad race for achievement & recognition (aka : the rat race) as a bit of a empty cause, much of the racing probably hurting the world/planet/society more than helping it. But of course, outside of the dark triad, everyone wants to feel some sense of contribution to life & recognition from others. So returning from my tangent. What should people be entitled to & how should society go about helping them achieve it? For example (in no particular order) Food (what kind & how much? just enough to survive & healthy stuff or enough to be full at the end of the day?) Water (for drinking, bathing, water balloon fights?) Money (how much, under what circumstances & for how long?) Housing(what kind? should everyone be entitled to their own room/shared space?) Sex (IIRC, some nations offer sex workers to the terminally disabled who'd likely never get laid otherwise. Would the world be a better place if everyone was offered free sex once a year? Once a month? Would this create jobs? Would it be an abomination?) Jobs (should unnecessary jobs be created just to keep people busy? should employers to be forced to provide job security to useless or belligerent employees?) Medication (For what time of ailments? What about vitamins & supplements?) Health (Gym memberships to keep the populace fit & vigorous? More parks? Free counseling for those lacking motivation or focus? Rehab for addicts? Only health treatments to heal illness/injury or preventative medicine/treatments?) Training/Education (Job training? University?) Happiness (Do people have the right to be happy? Should advertisers be allowed to prey on people's base impulses to drive them searching for happiness in acquisition?) This is just a random list of things people may or may not be entitled to. One thought I just had is that, the US IIRC has one of the highest per-capita prison populations in the world. Most would agree prisons don't prevent crime (most criminals will return to prison at some point), they may provide in fact ideal breeding grounds for criminals & criminal schemes. Yet no one doubts people's "right" to goto prison (and thus be provided for by the state). Perhaps if we give certain entitlements we can reduce the amount of people who receive reciprocated benefits in jail? It's an interesting subject. Certain entitlements probably reduce motivation & ultimately full participation in society whereas others may give those on the fringe the push-up they need. Looking forward to people's thoughts.